In many of my TAPSheets, I mention what are seemingly unknown bands.  It’s easy to pass them by and neglect them.  Sadly, some get ignored.  I’d like to think of these as small and useful tools.  A quick slide over to YouTube can easily turn you on to a band that you would not have known about…ever, if you didn’t read it here (or elsewhere).   Consider this a bit of a musical oasis.  Use it like a record shop (in a sense), and listen to unknown titles and bands.  You might walk away with something great.

God bless Paul Williams of Crawdaddy.  He created this kind of magic for me.  I just want to pay forward (to abuse a worn cliche).


Polyvinyl Records will release both CD and LP for L’ami Du Peuple from Owen, both expected on July 2.


Roll Call Records plan the release of Today We’re Believers from Royal Canoe, with a release date of June 25.

Friday Music will release several 180g reissued LPs from Todd Rundgren.  One will be a gatefold jacket release of The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, the other a gatefold edition of Runt, both on June 25.

Friday Music will also release a vinyl Anniversary Edition of Frankie’s House from Jeff Beck, also on June 25.

Relayer Records will release a vinyl 180g edition of The Best of Tommy James and The Shondells, slated for June 25.

Bright Antenna Records will release CD and LP of Pick Up Your Head from Middle Class Rut, scheduled for June 25.

a favored label of mine, Jagjaguwar, will be releasing Fantasy from Lightning Dust, in both LP and CD forms, with the scheduled date of June 25.


Nettwerk Records jump in with a Deluxe Edition of All The Little Lights from Passenger, planned for June 25.

Three Car Garage will release Anthem from Hanson in both CD and LP, on June 18.

Omnivore Records will reissue two respected Townes Van Zandt albums, High, Low and In Between, and The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, on both CD reissues and vinyl LP.  Watch for these on May 21.  The LPs are limited editions so do not wait if you’re excited about these.

Addie Ville Records will issue a blue vinyl LP from Marshall Crenshaw to the larger audience on May 7.  The EP, named Stranger And Stranger, was originally released for Record Store Day and contains a cover of “Close To You” (Carpenters), and a remake of his own, “Mary Anne”.

Warner Brothers Records will release CD and LP of Python, with the LP edition packing in a bonus CD.  Both Surfer Blood issues are slated for June 11.

Jemp Records will release Ventura from Phish in CD form on June 18.


GB Records will release the first album from Del-Lords since 1990 on May 14.  The new album will be called Elvis Club.

Greenhouse Records will release the new Tea Leaf Green album, In The Wake, on May 14.

Signature Sounds will release Cavalcade from Cold Satellite on May 21.

Rainman Records will release a 2CD, 12 performance track live set from legendary Blue Cheer on May 28.  The album is called Rocks Europe.

TallGirl Records will release Blaze of Glory from veteran artist, Marshall Chapman, on May 28.

Another trusted label, New West, will release Bright Spots from Randall Bramblett with a scheduled date of May 14.


By MARowe